Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program

The UW Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency is a 12-month, full-time residency program for licensed physical therapists interested in specializing in acute care physical therapy.

The goals of the residency program are to:

  • Support UW Medicine's mission to improve the health of the public by educating residents to provide advanced clinical care in acute care physical therapy.
  • Prepare residents to become educators in acute care physical therapy for patients, physical therapy students and colleagues, the broader health care community and the public by providing hands-on teaching experiences in the clinic and in the classroom.
  • Prepare residents to become consultants, advocates and ambassadors of the physical therapy profession to patients, physical therapy students and colleagues, the broader health care community and the public by providing structured mentorship and opportunities to engage in professional development and leadership.
  • Maintain a residency program, including mentored clinical experiences and a structured didactic program, that consistently meets or exceeds all American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education accreditation requirements.

Residents do their clinical experience at the University of Washington Medical Center, named the best hospital in Washington state and one of the best hospitals in the nation for adult rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll gain experience in four main clinical rotations: surgical, medical, cardiothoracic and oncology, and their respective intensive care units.

The University of Washington Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a postprofessional residency program for physical therapists in Acute Care.

Program Details

The UW Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency program is anticipated to begin at the beginning of September of each year. Residents work a full-time schedule. You’ll spend a minimum of 32 hours in clinical practice each week and receive 150 hours of one-on-one mentoring over the course of the year, allowing you to integrate newly acquired knowledge and skills into patient care. The remainder of your time is spent in didactic experiences, including didactic training from clinical faculty and structured independent study. You’ll also assist with teaching beginner and advanced acute care physical therapy classes to UW Doctor of Physical Therapy students, gaining valuable experience teaching at the doctoral level.

The resident is a salaried position at the University of Washington. It includes medical and dental benefits, sick leave, two weeks of vacation and eight state-observed holidays. Tuition is $3,500 for the year.

Faculty

There are three categories of residency faculty. Primary clinical faculty are responsible for providing clinical mentoring, including didactic and clinical education, during the resident’s clinical rotations. Adjunct clinical faculty provide mentoring in a specific area of clinical practice, including didactic and clinical education in that area. Didactic faculty oversee and coordinate the curriculum and provide direct instruction to the resident.

Primary Mentors

  • Anne Moore, PT, DPT
  • Matt Gaines, PT, DPT
  • Shannon Collins, PT, DPT
  • Andrea Jones, PT, DPT

Adjunct Mentors

  • Brooke Munton-Spray, PT, DPT
  • Jaimee Sulzmann, PT, DPT
  • Jason Menown PT, MPT
  • Kathryn Stuecek PT, MPT, GCS
  • Marie Haase PT, DPT
  • Morgan Ryan-Wynnhoff, PT, DPT
  • Rette Loera, PT, DPT
  • Tara Johnston PT, DPT
  • Teri Albee-Olsen, PT, DPT, CCS

Didactic Faculty

  • Ellen McGough PT, PhD
  • Jill Jandreau, PT, MSPT
  • Laura Martin, PT, MPT
  • Mark Nelson, PT, MPT

Admissions

The UW Acute Care Physical Therapy Residency program accepts one resident each spring.

To be eligible to apply, you must have a degree or certificate in physical therapy from an accredited physical therapy school. You also need to have an active Washington state physical therapy license or be eligible for one.

To apply, submit your application by March 1 through RF-PTCAS, the centralized application for residency and fellowship programs in physical therapy. We’ll invite top applicants to an interview in April and will notify applicants of a decision by May 1.